Restaurateurs Yvonne Yao and Jacqueline Gobing are giving Filipinos another word to add to their Japanese food vocabulary and a different way to satisfy their Japanese cravings. Their new restaurant YAYOI is all about teishoku dining â€” well-balanced set meals that are fresh, filling in all the right ways and of course, delicious!
(YAYOI managing directorsÂ Yvonne Yao and Jacqueline Gobing)
The restaurantâ€™s style is based on the Japanese concept ichiju-sansai which literally means â€œone soup and three vegetable dishes.â€ While that doesnâ€™t sound appetizing at first, YAYOIâ€™s promise to deliver consistent authentic Japanese dining means that every meal â€” regardless of its simplicity or intricacy â€” will always tantalize the tastebuds.
Yvonne and Jacqueline first ate at a YAYOI in a visit to Fukuoka. Yvonne shares â€œwe loved it so much that we decided to bring it to the country. We are proud to be the first teishoku restaurant in the Philippines.â€
While Filipinos are no stranger to Japanese cuisine, a Japanese restaurant that serves only set meals will surely be a different experience. YAYOIâ€™s menu is filled to the brim with about a hundred set meal combinations of white rice, one main dish of fish or meat drizzled with flavorful house sauces, two side dishes of seasonal vegetables, a serving of Japanese pickles and a bowl of soup. Itâ€™s the perfect choice for the growingly health-conscious Filipino. Multiple visits will be required for you to pick out a favorite set, and thatâ€™s if you can pick just one!
(Miso Katsu Teishoku â€” Breaded pork loin in miso sauce topped with a slow-cooked egg)
Some of their set meals include Niku Yasai Itame Teishoku (Stir-fried assorted vegetables with pork belly slices), Shima Hokke Teishoku (Grilled semi-dried Atka mackerel), Hitsumabushi (Grilled eel over rice and served with a side of dashi broth, Nagoya style) and Wafu Hamburg Teishoku (Juicy hamburg in Japanese style sauce served with freshly grated daikon radish) to say the very least.
If youâ€™re dining with a friend and are looking to share a dish, YAYOI also has equally delectable sides and dessert. Come snack on Asari Sakamushi (Fresh clams steamed in sake) or their Tofu Salad, or end with a sweet note with Matcha Anmitsu (Green tea ice cream with azuki beans and fruit cocktail served with black sugar syrup).
Come to YAYOI and get stump those hunger pangs, guilt-free.
YAYOI is located on the 3/F, Bridgeway, Building B, SM Megamall. Visit their website at www.yayoi.com.ph and follow them on Facebook – YAYOI Philippines and Instagram – @YAYOIPH for inquiriesÂ and more information.
(Even the ultra-techy ordering process in YAYOI is reflective of Japanese culture â€” orders are done through iPads thatÂ guests can also use to monitor their orders in real time!)
(Mix Toji Teishoku â€”Â Breaded pork loin, fried shrimp and sukiyaki beef simmered in special sauce)
(Hamburg Steak Teishoku â€”Â Juicy hamburg drizzled with teriyaki sauce and topped with shimeji mushrooms)
(Saba Shio Teishoku â€”Â Salt-grilled mackerel)
(Hitsumabushi â€”Â Grilled eel over rice and served with a side of dashi broth, Nagoya style)